District HiLites

From the Office of the Supertendent
Volume 10-07/ Week 10
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Welcome to the November 14 issue of
District HiLites for
Paterson Public Schools!

In this issue you will read/view:

  • The Spotlight Makes Headline News
  • Upcoming Connect-Ed Training
  • Parent Awareness Day

Deadline for next issue: Tues., Nov. 20

Great News to Note
Dressing down for a good cause.  In an effort to raise money for Breast Cancer research, staff and students from HARP & MPACT Academies participated in Lee National Denim Day on Fri., October 26 by wearing their favorite denim jeans and raising $350.  This annual event is sponsored by Lee Jeans and is one of the largest single-day fundraisers for Breast Cancer. Thanks to Mrs. Angela Scillieri, HARP Academy guidance counselor and the seniors of the Allied Health class for spearheading this project.

Kids suit-up for battle against drugs.  In collaboration with Red Ribbon Week, staff and students from the Dr. Frank Napier Jr., School of Technology, collectively demonstrated their support in the fight against drugs by wearing camouflage on Fri., October 26. 

Fundraising triumph at the Early Learning Center.  Over $5,000 was raised through a fundraiser, sponsored by the Home School Council.  From this profitable event, the Home School Council will purchase books for the students’ home libraries and fund the school’s annual Field Day.

Giving the gift of life.  PANTHER Academy’s Interact Club recently participated in the Kids for Kids Walk-A-Thon, to benefit the Gift of Life Foundation.  The students raised $200. The foundation provides life saving surgeries to children worldwide. 

And the winner is…Staff of The Spotlight, Rosa Parks High School’s premier newspaper, has a lot to be proud of after receiving nine awards at the 2007 Garden State Press Association’s Statewide High School Newspaper Contest.  Leilani Lee Morales, senior, received third place in the photography division and her exclusive interview with Dr. Glascoe landed her a first place position in the news category. David Bartley, senior, received three honorable mentions: one for feature writing and two for opinion writing.  He also ranked first place in the sports writing division.  Spotlight staff, keep up the good work!

Bridging schools through faith-based partnerships.  Paterson’s Pastor’s Workshop and Paterson Public Schools have partnered to implement an Adopt-A-School program.  The program will foster partnerships between faith-based institutions, promote academic achievement and provide educational resources and enrichment opportunities to staff and students.  Paterson’s Calvary Baptist Church hosted this informative summit that was attended by church leaders and school administrators on Wed., November 7.  The inspirational tone of the program was underscored by a moving vocal performance by Principal Cora Quince of the Academy of Performing Arts. Enjoy a short video featuring Ms. Quince’s rendition of “What About the Children.”

Click to view a Video Clip.

Lories Nye-Slockbower, John F. Kennedy High School’s English teacher, was accepted into the Sixth Journalism Education Association Outreach Academy on Thurs., November 8.   This membership affords her students with a plethora of opportunities, such as scholarships and journalism workshops.

Important Dates to Remember
Board of Ed. Meeting Update! The regular monthly Meeting of the Paterson Board of Education will now be held on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School. 

Attend this month’s Collaborative Meeting.  Info: Division of Community Services, (973) 321-0842. John F. Kennedy High School.  Monday, November 26,
6 p.m. 

Principals!  Be sure to attend the Connect-Ed Phone Notification Training.  This instructive training seminar will show attendees how to help boost student attendance, contact staff and students regarding personalized news, increase parental involvement with surveys and feedback, etc.  Training will be held at 35 Church Street, (first floor conference room) on Thurs., November 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  To reserve a seat, contact Donna Sensale, ext. 10811.
All parents/guardians are invited to participate in Parent Awareness Day. The Honorable Judge Michael Shipp will be the guest speaker. Info: Eastside High School. Saturday, December 1, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Division of Community Services, (973) 321-0842.

“Each of us must earn our own existence. And how does anyone earn anything? Through perseverance, hard work and desire.”
Thurgood Marshall